Coronavirus (Covid-19) information for students
Lund University is following the Swedish Government's and Public Health Authority’s recommendations regarding measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19). The Government's recommendation that universities should conduct all education online ended on 15 June 2020. However, the Swedish Public Health Agency’s rules, general guidelines and recommendations are still to be complied with.
- Regarding face masks
- International COVID-19 survey to LU students
- Decision regarding the 2020 autumn semester
- All LU Management decisions
- Support for students
- Digital resources for your studies
- Health care
- News and information
- Make yourself contactable
- Messages from the LU Management to international students
- When leaving LU and Sweden
Lund University follows the Swedish Public Health Agency’s guidelines and recommendations when it comes to the use of face masks. This means that, from the point of view of the University, staff and students are not required to use face masks. However, those wishing to use a face mask on university premises are naturally welcome to do so and there may be organisations within the University where the assessment is that face masks are required. Local decisions will be made in such cases.
Lund University is currently conducting a survey together with other international universities within the LERU collaboration (League of European Research Universities). The target group of the survey is students who have taken courses during the spring semester, when the universities have conducted online distance education due to the coronavirus pandemic. The aim is to capture your and other students’ experiences during this period. Your answers are anonymous and participation is voluntary. The survey is distributed through a platform at the University of Copenhagen, which is our partner in this inquiry.
Information about your studies
Following the new guidelines from the Swedish Government on 29 May, a decision from Lund University was made on 11 June regarding the education in autumn 2020. The decision stated that teaching and assessment of students’ performance could be conducted on the University’s premises as of 15 June 2020, provided that the guidelines and restrictions from the Government and the Public Health Agency are followed. The decision entails that:
- Priority is to be given to teaching and assessment that is impossible, or possible only with great difficulty, to conduct remotely.
- Such activities are to be preceded by a risk assessment concerning the risk of spreading infection.
- No gatherings are to be of more than 50 people.
- The vice-chancellor tasks the dean of each faculty to decide in detail on how this is to be carried out.
The autumn semester 2020 started as per normal on 31 August 2020. Your course director or programme coordinator will communicate to you directly how the corona-related restrictions will affect your education.
If you have questions specifically about your education programme, you can turn to your course director or programme coordinator.
Your student union is monitoring the quality of your education. If you have any questions, feedback or need help, you are welcome to contact them.
- See faculty-specific information in relation to the coronavirus
- See a list of and contact details for the student unions
To date there is no decision regarding studies starting in 2021.
All LU Management decisions
Lund University's decisions and measures in relation to the coronavirus are published on a continuous basis at lunduniversity.lu.se/corona.
Libraries and study areas
Libraries and common study areas are mostly open, but may have different or limited opening hours. You may be and study there if you don't have any symptoms, but even if you feel healthy it is important to keep in mind that we all need to show consideration, practise social distancing and contribute to limiting the number of people in public spaces. Also bear in mind that you may need your LU access card to enter the premises.
Support for students
The Student Health Centre
The changing situation and anxiety in relation to the coronavirus are affecting us all. The Student Health Centre have assembled some tips for students.
Course- and programme-related questions and information
Questions regarding your courses and examinations should be directed to your course director or programme coordinator.
Exchange students at Lund University can contact their international coordinator or the international office at their faculty.
For general questions about your stay in Sweden, how the University is dealing with the situation, or for any other question, you are most welcome to turn to the International Desk via email, studentreception [at] lu [dot] se. For current opening hours and phone hours, see the International Desk webpage.
Remote learning tips
The Academic Support Centre have compiled a number of tips to facilitate remote learning.
The Student Chaplaincy
The Student Chaplaincy offers counselling to students and staff, regardless of whether you are religious or not. The individual sessions are strictly confidential and free of charge. Counselling is also offered over the telephone or by video call. Telephone number: +46 (0)71 87 35, email: studentprasterna [dot] lund [at] svenskakyrkan [dot] se.
Digital resources for your studies
Note that you may need to log in with your student account.
- Canvas – learning platform, information for students
- Teams – meetings, user guide for students
- Zoom – meetings and teaching, user guide for students
- Learn more about LU Zoom and security on Canvas
- IT services and support for students
If you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection such as a cold, coughing, breathing difficulties or fever, you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Even mild symptoms are cause to stay home. Please do avoid the University and its common areas in these cases. If you cannot manage on your own in your home, you should call the national helpline 1177 to get advice. Do not visit a healthcare provider without contacting 1177 first.
According to the Swedish Communicable Diseases Act those who have a contagious disease (such as Covid-19), are required to do what they can to protect others from getting infected. For more information about this, please contact the national helpline 1177.
As a student at Lund University, you have insurance that ensures that you have the same opportunity to access health care as Swedish students if a sudden illness occurs. Treatment for a sudden illness should be understood to be treatment for symptoms that occur suddenly and that you seek care for shortly thereafter.
Recommendations from the Swedish Public Health Agency
All students are urged to keep updated and closely follow the recommendations for infection prevention provided by the Swedish Public Health Agency’s FAQs.
News and information
To find accurate and reliable Swedish news in English, you can for example listen to Radio Sweden or read articles published by the online newspaper The Local.
To learn more about the current situation in relation to the coronavirus in the Skåne region, you can visit the Region Skåne website. While the information is presented in Swedish only, it is accompanied by a number of graphs that should be quite straightforward even if you don't speak the language.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) are reliable sources for information in English at the global level.
Make yourself contactable
All staff and students are encouraged to provide their mobile telephone number in Passport. The University can then send text messages to you if needed.
- Go to the account management portal Passport.
- Log in as 'User'.
- Select 'Verification of contact information'.
- Follow the instructions.
Messages from the LU Management to international students
- Read a blog from the Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz about the autumn semester 2020 (14 August 2020)
- Watch on YouTube: Webinar with the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the International Director for current and newly admitted students (8 April 2020)
- Watch on YouTube: A message from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Sylvia Schwaag Serger to international students at LU (3 April 2020)
- Read a message from Vice-Chancellor Torbjörn von Schantz to international students at LU (27 March 2020)
When leaving LU and Sweden
When leaving the University and moving away from Sweden, there are a number of practical things to consider. We have compiled a checklist to make things easier for you.
Watch on YouTube
Dr. Magnus Rasmussen, professor of Infectious Medicine and Physician, explains what you as a student should keep in mind regarding the pandemic.
An autumn semester with continued distancing
Read the Vice-Chancellor's blog post about continued distancing.
Need medical assistance?
- Contact the national helpline 1177 if you need medical assistance* – Do not visit a healthcare provider without contacting 1177 first!
- Contact 113 13 if you cannot find answers to your general questions online.
*If you are not ill or are only experiencing mild symptoms, please consult the authorities' websites for information in the first place.